Monday, April 10, 2017

Infinite Love Engine, by Joseph Allen Hill

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(Science Fantasy) Aria just has a few days to save the whole universe from being swallowed up by Zarzak, the infinite love machine. (6,950 words; Time: 23m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 83, published on .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: The story is incredibly rich with allusions, many of them hysterical. My favorite: “All the classical methods fail: Socratic, Hegelian, getting angry and saying a bunch of swears.”

Some of the images are more obvious than others. The braincube seems to represent people who overthink problems and end up only talking but never acting--and paralyze everyone else too. Possibly, Zarzak itself represents people who fall in love (even just with an idea, not a person) and let that completely take over their lives. Beeblax sounds so much like “be black” that it has to mean something, but I couldn’t figure it out.

Con: Reading it is exhausting, especially at the beginning. Also, the joke of Aria responding to lofty declarations with simple, earthy expressions gets old after about the third time.

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